Israel is among the leading countries in the field of fertility and IVF treatments. Since 2014, we have been seeing a significant increase in IVF treatments and in the number of infants born via artificial insemination procedures.
These are impressive data that complement the ever-growing fertility medicine in Israel, constituting an example to the world of medicine.
The decision to choose fertility treatments is not a simple one, but the decision where to undergo these treatments is no less complicated: should a patient undergo treatments in a public clinic or a private one?
This decision is significant for the course of treatment, its success, and the patient’s ability to have a personal relationship with the doctor. In addition, there are many cases in which the patients cannot receive treatments via the public medicine system, such as in the case of migrant workers living in Israel, who are not entitled to state subsidies.
The woman will undergo an overall evaluation during which the functioning of her ovaries are tested, including hormonal profile, assessment of ovarian reserves, and an ultrasound of the ovaries. In addition, the patient will undergo various blood tests to check for blood type, antibodies, congelation functioning, hormonal profile, and more. The man also undergoes a series of tests, including blood and semen tests.
The most common method of fertility treatments is the IVF treatment, which starts with a hormonal test for stimulating the ovaries. At a later stage, the eggs are harvested under full anesthesia and are fertilized with the man’s semen in the laboratory. 2-3 days later, the fertilized eggs are implanted in the woman’s womb.
This procedure involves anesthesia and is similar in its nature to semination. If the woman’s ovarian reserves are found to be insufficient to enable pregnancy with her own eggs, she has the option of conceiving a donated egg retrieved from the womb of a younger woman.